I didn't write everything attributed to me

Some of what seems to have been written by me was not written by me, but instead by various people posing as me, including someone I trusted. When she admitted what she did, she said she did it to drive others away so she could have me all to herself.

Other content falsely attributed to me came from a backstabbing hacker who worked for my former ISP. I was exasperated by their third-rate service and illogical recommendations by their tech support staff to remedy problems built into their system—problems that could not be solved by the advice they gave me. After wasting several months implementing their suggested solutions that struck me as random guesses, I called them amateurs, which evidently enraged them to the point they proved they weren't amateurs, at least at hacking and online personal (not financial) identity theft.

This is more proof that you can't trust everything you read online. People sometimes make up stuff when it suits their needs. For example, many quotes attributed to Thomas Jefferson weren't written by him, but ultimately someone with ideas whose credibility could be enhanced by giving them the imprimatur of an esteemed Founding Father. I grew suspicious of some of the quotes attributed to him when they seemed to be worded too modernly and too conveniently to make the Tea Party seem to be the perfect solution to our economic problems. I checked out those quotes when I was a Tea Party fan, and sure enough, they turned out to be fabrications, yet they have been repeated so many thousands of times they now seem real to folks who think that repeating a lie makes it true. Get real!

This is similar to the outrageous nonsense attributed to me. Source “X” said that I said “Y” and many believe it, even though “Y” is the exact opposite of what I believe and no one contacted me to verify it. One might excuse this carelessness from mindless idiots blogging in their underwear at home, but two national organizations (Media Matters and MSNBC) lied about me. A credible journalist would contact a source before writing about him, but they're evidently less concerned with accuracy than they are with advancing their political agenda.

I am part Native American and such a huge fan of fairness that I believe in doing everything possible to correct historical injustices. Long before I was alleged to be happy about the subjugation of Native Americans, I'd published a long essay that illustrates the unfairness of that subjugation. IMHO, I did a better job than anyone, ever, of using shirtsleeve English and basic principles of fairness to prove that the subjugation of Native Americans was an abominable outrage so heinous we shouldn't continue to sweep it under the rug. Frankly, on this issue, I am further left than most folks in the far Left, yet the sages at Media Matters painted a picture of me as being further Right than Attila the Hun. Thus if you don't believe Bill O'Reilly when he complains of outrageous smears by Media Matters, believe me. Or judge for yourself. Read my opinion of Native American subjugation and ask yourself if you think I am happy about it, or support it in any way. Absolutely not!

“I'd rather stand alone on the truth than with millions on a lie.”
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The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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